Directors' Showcase / UK premiere

Pardon My French (Un Chat Un Chat)

  • Sophie Fillières /
  • France /
  • 2009 /
  • 105 mins

Chiara Mastroianni, Agathe Bonitzer, Malik Zidi, Matéo Julio Cedròn, Dominique Valadié, Sophie Guillemin / Fiction / French

A drily witty comedy, starring Chiara Mastroianni as a woman on the verge of ... something.

Novelist Célimène is blocked in her writing and bored by her relationship. She’s not even content with her own name – perhaps Nathalie suits her better...? At least she has a sympathetic ear in Anaïs (Agathe Bonitzer), her friendly stalker... A delicately funny study of a part-unravelled life, this graceful and original French comedy centres on a wonderful comic turn by Mastroianni.

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  • #1 Leona Campbell / Friday 19 June, 2009 / 22:57 GMT

    This is a pleasent little movie but on the whole I found it to not be entirely my cup of tea. The comedy is not regular enough, and the movie does feel on the longside at times. The central story is interesting and keeps you viewing but I personally found it to be average, rather than one to rave about. But that is just for me personally. I'd recommend giving it a try especially if you enjoy French cinema
  • #2 Nick Gosling / Friday 19 June, 2009 / 23:24 GMT

    agree with the first post. it's a decent film but really nothing special. i was expecting it to be a bit more sharp but really nothing happened. not in itself a bad thing but in this instance it left me wanting something more from the film.
  • #3 Lee Hearl / Saturday 20 June, 2009 / 18:13 GMT

    After watching this movie I went along to Transformers ... on balance, plenty happened in my movie evening. I thought the lead role (Chiara Mastroianni) was beautifully played. Her relationship with her son and mum was charming, and the way the story unfolded, gradually getting to understand her life and circumstances, was just right... After a pint, I was totally chilled out, and ready to have my senses strained by Michael Bay. Thank-you Natalie / Célimène .. can you come around and bake me a cake, and read me one of your stories? .. Au revoir.
  • #4 Amy Shields / Tuesday 23 June, 2009 / 10:36 GMT

    I want that 1 hour 45 mins of my life back. Only thing that made this even slightly interesting was a cute kitten.
  • #5 Niladri Bose / Wednesday 24 June, 2009 / 11:00 GMT

    My wife tells me the title in french means "a cat a cat" !! why? I think the title speaks for its self , the film is a failed attempt at self absorption.

    A pretensious film is ok with me if its good , a bad + pretentious film is not good!

    The lead actress had a nice face , but which drama school she learned those facial expressions from is very questionable.

    A story would have helped even if it was a bad one.

    The worst film I have seen in ages on the brighter side it provided me with the much needed sleep in between some good films.
  • #6 Caroline Armstrong / Thursday 25 June, 2009 / 12:14 GMT

    A slow French film in which nothing at all happens. But it's got funny moments, you get an insight into the main character's life and emotional instability and the how people need each other in different ways.

    If you've seen a French drama before you'll know not to expect bells and whistles, just a quiet portrayal of life. There was plenty to read into (her perfectly sealed yet unused house, putting herself in the bin, the tables turning with the stalker) which the audience would have noticed if they weren't waiting for big explosions the whole time.

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